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The Ghost Goes West (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 7 February 1936 (USA)
A haunted Scottish castle is dismantled and transported to Florida, bringing the family ghost along with it.

Director:

René Clair

Writers:

René Clair, Eric Keown (story "Sir Tristram Goes West") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Donat ... Murdoch Glourie / Donald Glourie
Jean Parker ... Peggy Martin
Eugene Pallette ... Mr. Joe Martin
Elsa Lanchester ... Miss Shepperton
Ralph Bunker Ralph Bunker ... Ed L. Bigelow
Patricia Hilliard Patricia Hilliard ... Shepherdess
Everley Gregg ... Mrs. Gladys Martin
Morton Selten ... The Glourie
Chili Bouchier ... Cleopatra
Mark Daly Mark Daly ... Murdoch's Groom
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Fergus
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. MacNiff
Hay Petrie ... The McLaggen
Quinton McPherson Quinton McPherson ... Mackaye (as Quentin McPhearson)
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Storyline

An American businessman's daughter convinces him to buy a Scottish castle but he comes up with a plan to disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The deal includes the last family heir and his cursed several-hundred year old ghost ancestor who haunts the castle waiting for the chance to redeem his family's honor. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantôme à vendre See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the biggest-grossing film of 1936 in Great Britain. See more »

Goofs

When the "ghost" is preparing to ride off to war, he is wearing plaid pants rather than a kilt. Later, he arrives at the battle site and is wearing a kilt. One wonders if the issue has to do with him mounting the horse and the enactment of the Hays Code aka code of decency in the motion picture industry which went into effect c 1934. See more »

Quotes

Murdoch Glourie: Father, where are you? Where am I?
The Glourie: In limbo, the empty place between heaven and earth. I died with honor, and you died a coward's death, do you realize that?
Murdoch Glourie: Yes father, I suppose I did.
The Glourie: Then you can never be welcomed among your ancestors in heaven.
Murdoch Glourie: Never?
The Glourie: You will be an earthbound ghost, doomed to haunt the dark halls of Glourie Castle.
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Referenced in F Troop: The West Goes Ghost (1966) See more »

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American Grit
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Music by Abe Holzmann
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Quite fun.
30 May 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Ghost Goes West" is a cute movie which is an interesting hybrid. It's directed by the famous French director René Clair, stars the British actor Robert Donat and many of the actors are Americans! It sounds odd...but it all works very well.

The film begins two hundred years ago. Murdock Glourie (Donat) is the son of a noble Scottish lord but he ends up embarrassing himself and losing the family honor when he's supposed to be out acting manly and fighting a war. He ends up getting killed by mistake and his father curses him to roam the family castle until he regains their honor.

Years pass. The family fortune is gone and the castle is a wreck. Donald Glourie (also played by Donat) has a mountain of debts and he and his creditors see no escaping it...until some goofy Americans with more money than common sense see the place and decide to buy it! Oddly, while Donald tries to keep the family out of the castle after midnight (when the ghost appears each night), the daughter (Jean Parker) sees the ghost and thinks it's Donald...and she thinks this version of 'Donald' is pretty sexy! Regardless, the goofy father (Eugene Palette) decides to move the castle, stone by stone, to Florida....and he invites over a bunch of rich swells to see the castle AND the ghost. What's next? See the film.

This is a cute film with a nice comedic touch and a touch of romance. While it's all very slight, it's handled well by Clair and the film is a delightful outing. Well worth seeing.


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